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, the poet is richard blanco, born in spain to cuban exiles to emigrated to this country, the first latino and first openly gay inaugural poet. today, we spoke to him about his connection to president obama and here's part of what he had to say, in his own words. >> the connection to the inaugural's very theme of our people, our future, to me, symbolizes the salt of the earth that was my family. you know, that their hard work, that we are all in this together, that it takes -- it takes a village kind of feeling. and so, that theme i identified by a lot. part of the life story that always resonated with me. i can imagine him as a child sort of having to negotiate some very important cultural questions as well as i have had as a cuban-american and that whole question of where do i belong? you know, what's home? the sense of the support of the family and that idea that our parents always wanted us, my brother and i, to always do better than them. i will never forget that speech at the convention, we are one america, and that made me feel so much like i was one of those ones. and even though m
is the widow of slain civil rights leader medgar evers. also taping is richard blanco. his poems center around the idea of the american experience. >>> once the ceremony concludes, the president, vice president and their wives will take their celebratory walk from the u.s. capitol to the white house. >> they will be followed for the entire mile by thousands of people taking part in the inaugural parade. lauren demarco has more on that. >> reporter: four of the eight inaugural parade floats represent the states where the president and vice president were born as well as where they served as lawmakers. >> the hawaii float has the diamond head volcano on there. >> another four floats honor the extraordinary progress we have avenue medicine as a nation. one pays tribute to dr. martin luther king. another highlights civil rights. >> this represents a slew of different battles that we've seen in the civil rights movement throughout the years. >> the our people, our future float represents the theme of the inauguration. willy griego of denver is one of the citizen cochairs chose ton ride on it. >> th
. and richard blanco, appearing last night with anderson cooper. he was inspired to write "one today" after hearing then-senator obama speak at the democratic national convention in 2004. >> i always wanted to write a poem and i finally got an assignment and there were echoes of that in my mind, and something i've always believed, especially since i moved to a small town, that idea of unity, not only unity, but the fact that we're all so necessary, and every little piece is what makes this puzzle in america work. >> later on "starting point," soledad will sit down with poet richard blanco. >>> the mountains of park city, utah, looking like hollywood. the 35th annual sundance film festival. celebrities, and celebrity sightings and movies to see. "linsanity" one of the films we'll profile. and we'll take to you park city for a live report from our very own zoraida sambolin. >> very own movie star. >> 16 minutes past the hour. time for your morning headlines. >> honolulu star advertiser, with two hawaii bands at the parade. one features a hula troop. hawaii the only state to have two bands per
>> then poet richard blanco. >> the "i have a dream" we all keep dreaming. >> and beyonce. ♪ and the home of the brave ♪ the brave >> and when it was over, the president paused as if to take it in one last time. then it was back to business, a signing ceremony making cabinet nominations official. senator reid was given the pen from the president's pocket. >> that's yours. >> followed by a congressional luncheon in the capitol's statuary hall. lobster and bison and apple pie and talk of getting along. >> if you don't like the food, you can't blame it on one party or the other. >> thank you, everybody. god bless you. and god bless america. >> after that, a moment to review the passing troops on the capitol steps. then, into the motorcade and the whole caravan headed back to the white house with a lot of folks waiting to see them along the way. today's inaugural parade extended a tradition that started with george washington himself. it included a more recent tradition in our modern age of lockdown security, actually getting out of the car and walking. jimmy carter started it 36 years ago.
da cierto reconocimiento que no hemos tenido >> como orador invitaron al poeta gay richard blanco, que también recordaron que la lucha por la igualdad abarca a todos, por la orientación sexual, palabras que hicieron eco en el distrito castro de san francisco. >> hay que unirsnos, no por ser gays las puertas están cerradas. >> es una fuerza, una unión >> el tribunal supremo de justicia emitirá un fallo respecto a la comunidad gay en junio >> cerca de 1 millones de personas llegaron a asistir a la investidura del presidente de los estados unidos, y los rios de personas bajaban por las calles de washington dc. >> las tan mencionadas bayonetas en uno de los debates presidenciales estaban presentes hoy en el desfile inagural del presidente barack obama, miles de personas compraron sus entradas y para muchos no fue difícil adquirirlas >> dabas tu nombre, con llena de información recibes un email confirmando la información, te llega un mail de invitación para que compres los tickets, hice eso y después con otro email hice una línea de las áreas de registración, fui hice la l
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for us to name it together. [ applause ] >> richard blanco you can go to the "newshour" website for the interview that aired last week. very fascinating fella. >> much of his poetry is narrative of his own experience. there he was trying to tell a narrative of all of us. >> now my privilege to introduce reverend dr. luis leon to deliver the benediction. >> one little moment of drama leading up to this, he replaced original choice for this a meg church pastor became known for his anti-gay statement. luis leon is pastor here in washington. >> let us pray. gracious and eternal god as we conclude the second inauguration of president obama we ask for your blessings as we seek to become in the words of martin luther king, citizens of a beloved community, loving you and loving our neighbors as ourselves. we pray that you will bless us with your continued presence because without it, arrogance will infect our hearts, but with your blessing we know that we can break down the walls that separate us. we pray for your blessing today because without it mistrust, prejudice and rancor will
third grade, i feel that richard blanco would be a much better choice. >> not even a haiku today? nothing? >> nothing. i had watch. >>> still ahead, you will remember four years ago, the crowd made history, nearly 2 million people were packed in this mall. look at the pictures there. this time around, how big will it get? we'll take you on a tour. and i'll speak to bernice king as the nation marks mlk day. that ahead. back in a moment. meet the 5-passenger ford c-max hybrid. when you're carrying a lot of weight, c-max has a nice little trait, you see, c-max helps you load your freight, with its foot-activated lift gate. but that's not all you'll see, cause c-max also beats prius v, with better mpg. say hi to the all-new 47 combined mpg c-max hybrid. >>> welcome back, everybody. you are looking at the folks beginning come out on the mall on washington, d.c. a balmy 33 degrees. we're told it feels like 26 degrees here. the sun has come up. it will get a little warmer this morning. look at the folks out there. expected to see a crowded mall this morning. joined by mayor cory booker.
to read an original poem. cuban american civil jeer and author, richard blanco. so hispanics playing an important role on an important day in washington. john. >> a long day of firsts and a long day of celebration. dan lothian at the white house this morning. the crowd expected to turn up at the national mall, not expected to be as large as four years ago, when 1.8 million people crowded into the city. they are still expecting some 800,000 people today. nothing to thumb your nose at. christi paul on the national mall where crowds are gathering. >> they are gathering and dressed to impress and to stay warm. no doubt that things have definitely picked up in the last half hour, so we've seen a lot more people. with me now is 10-year-old mari and her mom michelle who feels a special kinship with michelle obama and mckenna as well. mari, ten yearsed old. you moved from california a couple of years ago, what do you want to see today? >> inside the white house. >> reporter: you want to see inside the white house? >> you think that's going to happen? >> yes. >> they got on the train at 3:30
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have to look at where she might want to go to college. >> poetry reading will make history. richard blanco will be the first latino to read the poem. he grew up in miami. he lives in maine working as a civil engineer and author. blanco will be the first openly gay poet to recite the inauguration poem. >>> we're getting a bird's eye view of the district before the swearing. >> check out these pictures taken on board the international space station. chris hat field posted this shot of the town lit up on saturday night. this one was taken yesterday. you can see the potomac river on the left with the mall cutting through the middle. you can make out the washington monument and the capitol. can you see it there? >> little more than a bird's eye view i think. >> the technology there. >> amazing to see. >>> it is 5:51 right now. 35 chilly degrees outside our studios. let's check in with storm team 4 meteorologist tom kierein for what you expect this morning. >> there's capitol hill. we're under a mostly cloudy sky now. reagan national airport 35 degrees. we've got a northeast wind around 1
by thy might ♪ ♪ great god and king >> ifill: in another of the day's first cuban-american poet richard blanco became the youngest inaugural poet ever and the first hispanic or openly gay person to recite a poem at the ceremony. in one passage he paid tribute to the victims of last month's elementary school shooting in newtown, connecticut. >> all of us, as vital as the one light we move through, the same light on blackboards with lessons for the day, equations to solve, history to question or atoms imagined, the "i have a dream" we all keep dreaming or the impossible vocabulary of sorrow that won't explain the empty desk of 20 children marked absent today and forever. >> ifill: a rev. of st. john's episcopal church where the first family worshipped this morning gave the been diction >> we pray for your blessing because without it, we will see only what the eye can see. but with the blessing of your blessing, we will see that we are created in your image, whether brown, black or white, male or female, first generation immigrant american or daughter of the american revolution, gay or str
. >> richard blanco will be the first ever latino poet to read the poem. he grew up in miami and born in spain. he lives in maine working as a civil engineer and author. he says he feels kektded to president obama as the two have similar life stories. >> the life story that always resonated with me. i can imagine him as a child negotiating cultural questions as well as i've had as a cuban american. the whole question of where do i belong? what's home? >> now blanco will make history as the first latino and make history to be the first openly gay poet to recite the inauguration poem. >>> thousands of extra law enforcement officers are on duty for inauguration events. >> many got their marching orders within the last 24 hours. >> pro -- >>> hundreds of police officers traveled to d.c. and were sworn in as deputy u.s. marshals. this was a ceremony at american university's bender arena yesterday. they got a security briefing and reminders on what to look out for in the crowds. >>> the lines are starting to build at metro stations around the area. >> thompson is at the north metro station. tisch a,
richard blanco reads an original poem written just specifically for this occasion. we're very excited that richard blanco will be joining us. he is the youngest-ever inaugural poet, the first hgbt -- lgbt inaugural poet. reverend louis leon will be overseeing the traditional st. johns service that kicks off the president's day will be offering the benediction, and the ceremony will end with beyonce singing the national anthem. one quick thing on the bibles. obviously, these are very, very historic bibles and very symbolic bibles as we head into the 150th anniversary of the emancipation proclamation and the 50th anniversary of the march on washington in 1963. with that, i'd like to hand it over to our partners at jtf to talk about the inaugural parade which will take place after the lunch that matt discussed. ma'am? >> thank you. as they said, i'm colonel michelle roberts from joint task force national capitol region, and our task force has responsibility for planning and coordinating all of the military ceremonial support for the inaugural activities. um, once the luncheon is complete
clarkson, ahead of the rescitation of the poem for the day. richard blanco, the first latino, the youngest at 44, the first openly gay man to be a presidential inaugural poet. >> we have our next guest is the poet richard blanco, which he will share words for us he has composed for this occasion. [applause] >> mr. president, mr. vice president, america, one today. one sun rose on us today, kindled over our shores, peeking over the smokies, greeting the faces of the great lakes, spreading a simple truth across the great plains, then charging across the rockies. one light waking up rooftops, under each one a story, told by our silent gestures moving across windows. my faith, your face, millions of faces in morning's mirrors, each one yawning to life, crescendoing into our day. the pencil yellow school buses, the rythym of traffic lights, fruit stands, apples, limes and oranges a raid like rainbows, begging our praise. silver trucks heavy with oil or paper, bricks or milk, teaming over highways alongside us on our way to clean tables, read ledgers, or save lives, to teach geometry, or ring up
is richard blanco. he's a poet who was trained as a civil engineer because his parents insisted that writing would never take him anywhere, but he will be delivering his poetry today at the president's inauguration. and then the benediction will be delivered by luis leon, who is the rector of st. john's church, the little church right across the street from the white house. >> announcer: ladies and gentlemen, the chairman for the inaugurational ceremonies, the honorable charles e. schumer. >> mr. president, mr. vice president, members of congress, all who are present and to all who are watching, welcome to the capitol and to this celebration of our great democracy. now, this is the 57th inauguration of an american president, and no matter how many times one witnesses this event, its simplicity, its innate majesty, and most of all, its meaning, that sacred and yet cautious entrusting of power from we, the people, to our chosen leader never fails to make one's heart beat faster, as it will today with the inauguration of president barack h. obama! now, we know that we would not be here today we
will be richard blanco. the first hispanic and openly gay person to deliver the poem. center around the idea of the american experience. >> and the reverend lewis leon will deliver the benediction. this is the pastor's second appearance at a presidential inauguration. he's delivered the invocation at george bush's ceremony back in 2005. >> all right. spectators at the event should prepare for tight security. more than 2,000 officers will be in dc today making sure everything goes smoothly. some are going to work with metro transit police. but most will be with dc police. protestors are expected at various spots along the parade route. a small group of anti-abortion demonstrators picketed at the white house yesterday. >>> still ahead at 7:00, we are sharing your pictures and your thoughts from today's swearing in ceremony. >> at this time of aeroowe at this time in our history we always see hollywood's a listers to come to town. and when we come back, a little of the a listers that are here for the main event. and how some of them spent the weekend giving back. we're going to have that and mu
inaugural ceremonies for over 200 years. the invocation -- the poem benediction from richard blanco. poem from richard blanco and benediction from reverend dr. luis leon. the church of the president, st. john's, and the second inaugural address. >> trying to find a balance between a government ruled by elite and ruled by a mob. both being a problem. he talked about the government we want, which is infrastructure, regulation, all the good things, and then recognized the government can't solve all the problems. i thought that was a reaching out, if you will, a shout at the tea party right that's rejectionist. then far more interesting, seemed to be a call out to tehran. he said our old enemies become our new friends. we're going to try to do that again. learn from the lessons in the past as we've done with vietnam and the germans and japanese and all the people we've gone to woor with and it's an amazing idea to throw that idea in the face of the neo cons. they hated what we heard him say. i spent some time with an iranian family this past weekend. they said go over to talk to the people. h
by justice sotomayor. at noon, the inaugural address and the inaugural poem by richard blanco. at 12:30, the benediction. as we speak, president obama is about to step outside onto the west front of the capital. we are joined by clarence lusane, author of "the black history of the white house." professor at american university here in washington, d.c., professor of international relations. this book goes beyond the white house. it also talks about the capital, talks about those who built these institutions, physically. many of them enslaved. >> this is an important history. in fact, the capitol has now demolished the slave labor that went into building that building. there are two plaques, one in the main hallway, one on the house side. there is nothing in the white house that a knowledge as that. if you go on a tour, now self- guided, you can go through the blue room, the other important rooms in the white house, but there is nothing that tells you where the slave quarters were, where people lived in the basement, for example, during the period of slavery. so there is the need for t
. ♪ [ music ] ♪ [ applause ] . >> wow. our next distinguished guest is the poet richard blanco who will share words which he has composed for this occasion. [ applause ] . >> mr. president, mr. vice president, america, one today. one sun rose on us today. kindled over our shores, weeking over the smokeys, greeting the faces of the great lakes, spreading a simple truth across the great plains and charging across the rockies. one light, waking up roof tops, under each one a story told by our sielent guess pictures moving across windows. my face, your face, millions of faces in morning. each one yawning to life. the pencilled yellow school buses, the ritd yum of traffic lights. frutd fants p stants, wines, orange and begging our praise. silver trucks, heavy with oils or paper, bricks or milk. teaming over highways along side us. on our way. to clean tables, reed ledgers, or save lives, to teach go traechl or ring up greeshryes as my mother did -- groceries as my mother did for 20 years so i could write this poem for all of us today. all of us, as vital as the one light we move through. the same
distinguished guest is the poet richard blanco, who will share with us words he has composed for this occasion. [ applause ] >> mr. president, mr. vice president, america, one today. one sun rose on us today, kindled over our shores, peaking over the smokeys, greeting the faces of the great lakes, spreading a simple truth across the great plains, and charging across the rockies. one light waking up roof tops. under each one a story, told my our silent gestures moving across windows. my face, your face, millions of faces in morning's mirrors, each one yawning to life, crescendoing into our day, the pencilled yellow school buses, the rhythm of traffic lights, fruit stands, begging our praise. silver trucks heavy with oil or paper, bricks or milk, teeming over highways alongside us, on our way to clean tables, read ledgers, or save lives, to teach geometry or ring up groceries, as my mother did for 20 years, so i would write this poem for all of us today. all of us, as vital as the one light, the same light on blackboards are lessons for the day, equations to solve, history to question, or atoms
clark son, "my country tis of thee." beyonce yet to come. richard blanco will read his work of the day. and beyonce will play them into lunch, inside the capitol. lester holt is at the front of the capitol for us. lester, crowd is filling in behind you back there. >> it sure is. what a spectacular vantage point we have. the marine band playing right now. some of the dignitaries and vips taking their seats, including the governs who are just over my shoulder. members of the senate and house will be on the stage, along with the president's cabinet. diplomatic dignitaries and two forms presidents, president carter and clinton will be here, both president bushs will not be ascending this inauguration. things, as you say, should get under way about 11:30. the president and vice president will be introduced sometime after 11:00. we would expect them to take their seats near the front of the stage. the families, of course, will be with them. what is more stunning than the view behind me is the view that the president will have as he looks up the mall at thousands and thousands of people. whil
. kelly clarkson will then sing "my country 'tis of thee." we're very excited that richard blanco will be joining us. he is the youngest-ever inaugural poet, the first lgbt inaugural poet and the first latino inaugural poet. reverend louis leon of st. johns church here in lafayette park will also be overseeing the traditional service that kicks off the president's day on monday, will be offering the benediction, and the ceremony will end with beyonce singing the national anthem. a quick thing on the bibles. obviously, these are very, very historic bibles, and these are very symbolic bibles as we head into the 150th anniversary of the emancipation problem proclan and the 50th anniversary of the march on washington in 1963. with that, i'd like to hand it over to our partners at jtf to talk a little bit about the inaugural parade which will take place after the lunch that matt discussed. ma'am? >> thank you. as they said, i'm colonel michelle roberts from the national capital region, and our task force has the responsibility for planning and coordinating all of the military ceremonia
country t inch s of thee" and there will be a poem read. we are excited that richard bla nmp co will be -- blanco will be joining us. reverend louis leon will be overseeing the traditional st. john's service that kicks off the president's day on mopped and will be offering the prayer and beyonce will be singing the national anthem. these historic bibles, and they are symbolic bibles as we head into the 150th anniversary of the emancipation proclamation and with that, i would like to hand it over to our partners and talk about the inaugural parade, which will take place after the lunch that matt discussed. >> thank you. i'm colonel michelle roberts. and our task force has the responsibility for planning and coordinating all of the military ceremonial support for the inaugural activities. once the luncheon is complete, the president and the first lady, the vice president and the second lady will be escorted out to the east front of the capitol, where they will be greeted by the commander of the task force and he will escort them down the steps to take the review. and the review is
tis of thee" and there will be a poem read. we are excited that richard bla nmp co will be -- blanco will be joining us. reverend louis leon will be overseeing the traditional st. john's service that kicks off the president's day on mopped and will be offering the prayer and beyonce will be singing the national anthem. these historic bibles, and they are symbolic bibles as we head into the 150th anniversary of the emancipation proclamation and with that, i would like to hand it over to our partners and talk about the inaugural parade, which will take place after the lunch that matt discussed. >> thank you. i'm colonel michelle roberts. and our task force has the responsibility for planning and coordinating all of the military ceremonial support for the inaugural activities. once the luncheon is complete, the president and the first lady, the vice president and the second lady will be escorted out to the east front of the capitol, where they will be greeted by the commander of the task force and he will escort them down the steps to take the review. and the review is presidential esco
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